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Idaho man sentenced to death for murdering wife and girlfriend’s two children | World news

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho jury unanimously agreed Saturday that convicted killer Chad Daybell deserves the death penalty for the gruesome murders of his wife and his girlfriend’s two youngest children, ending a grim case that started in 2019 with a search for two children. Missing children.

Daybell, 55, dressed in a shirt and tie, sat at the defense table with his hands in his lap.

He showed no emotion when he learned he would receive the death penalty for the murders of Tammy Daybell, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow.

When asked by the judge if he wanted to make a statement, Daybell declined.

Jurors found him guilty on Thursday and decided on the death penalty after more than a day of deliberation.

The children’s mother is Lori Vallow Daybell, whom Chad Daybell married shortly after his wife’s death.

Vallow Daybell was convicted of the three murders last year and is now awaiting trial in Arizona, charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow. Charles Vallow was JJ’s father.

The case started in 2019, when a family member called the police. Investigators soon realized that both children were missing, and a multi-state search ensued. Nearly a year later, their remains were found buried on Chad Daybell’s property.

Tylee’s DNA was later found on a pick and a shovel in a shed on the property, and JJ’s body was wrapped in garbage bags and duct tape, prosecutors said.

During a nearly two-month trial, prosecutors said Chad Daybell, a self-published author who wrote doomsday-infused fiction, promoted unusual spiritual beliefs, including apocalyptic prophecies and stories of possession by evil spirits, to plot the killings. justify.

“This was a difficult case because of its complexity, both in terms of telling the story of an investigation that took years to complete and trying to find the best way to present it in a way that would make sense to others,” says Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake. said outside the Boise courthouse after the sentencing.

Relatives of the victims welcomed the jury’s decision.

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